Arranging a house for safety and independent living is more than shifting furniture. It is also means shifting mental gears. The following are suggestions for safer living for those with mobility and sensory impairment:
Overhead lighting provides better overall lighting and eliminates connecting cords that can be tripped over.
Have a nightlight in every room, not just the bedroom, for better visibility at night. Get scatter rugs with nonskid backing and tack down loose carpeting.
Adhesive nonskid strips can be added to indoor and outdoor trips for better traction.
Arrange furniture so each room has an uncluttered path.
Use chairs heavy enough to support weight when leaned on.
Consider eliminating footstools, a common source of stumbling.
Knob turners can be placed on existing knobs for easier turning.
Light switches should be next to beds.
Attach grab bars in the bathing area and do not rely on flimsy towel racks or soap holders.
Removable seats can add up to six inches to toilet seats for easier sitting and getting up.
Use a wheeled cart to transport heavy or bulky objects. #289
Phillips, A. H., & Roman, C. K. (1984). Around the house. In A practical guide to independent living, (pp. 25-43). Seattle: Pacific Search Press.
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